The Young World (Young World Series #1)

The Young World (Young World Series #1)

by Chris Weitz

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"Chris Weitz has made a beautiful transition from writing and directing films to novels. The Young World is populated with characters you won't forget and a story as fresh and urgent as Divergent."—James Patterson, #1 NY Times bestselling author of Maximum Ride.

Welcome to New York, a city ruled by teens.

After a mysterious Sickness wipes out the rest of the population, the young survivors assemble into tightly run tribes. Jefferson, the reluctant leader of the Washington Square tribe, and Donna, the girl he's secretly in love with, have carved out a precarious existence among the chaos.

But when a fellow tribe member discovers a clue that may hold the cure for the Sickness, five teens set out on a life-altering road trip, exchanging gunfire with enemy gangs, escaping cults and militias, braving the wilds of the subway—all in order to save humankind.

This first novel from acclaimed film writer/director Chris Weitz is the heart-stopping debut of an action-packed trilogy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781478901754
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
Publication date: 07/29/2014
Series: Young World Series , #1
Edition description: Unabridged Library Edition
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Chris Weitz is an Oscar-nominated writer and director. His films include Twilight: New Moon, A Better Life, About a Boy, The Golden Compass, American Pie, Cinderella, and the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The Young World is his first YA trilogy.

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The Young World 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Ravenclaw226 More than 1 year ago
First of all let me say that I take reviews rather seriously as a children's bookseller at a Barnes and Noble. I am always looking for new titles to recommend to teens and their parents, and being able to confidently assure parents that content matter in the books will be appropriate for their child. "Young World" fails on all counts. PARENTS - if you don't read any further, please at least read this. There is a LOT of sex, rape, prostitution, sexism, racism, violence, foul language, and otherwise inappropriate material contained in this book. Some teen authors develop a style that can include such material but only with the slightest implication that most kids wouldn't realize it was ever there. "Young World" states full on out sex between various characters (one of them being one of the two narrators), and interactions earlier in the book show prostitutes offering sex, hand-jobs, and the like for money or food, and an entire society of the "better off teens" has turned into a male run society where all the women (even their own sisters) into whores and prostitutes for their men. So I urge you all to be conscious of what your children are reading! "Young World" is (another) dystopian styled novel that occurs in New York City after a plague wipes out all adults children leaving only teenagers (similar to the "Gone" series by Michael Grant). These teens have set up smaller communities for their own protection around the city. Now the so called motivation to this book comes in place with a group of 5 teens deciding that they are going to seek out answers to the plague. Any English teacher worth their salt would have stopped the author right then and there as this is some of the worst motivation I've ever seen in a book. It's better to view it as 5 teenagers got bored in their dystopian society and decided to go wander through New York and by some lucky miracle managed to survive encounters with quite a few rotten seeds. There is cannibalism, racism, sexism, and some pretty prominent stereotypes that are used; almost as if the author were trying too hard to appeal to multiple cultures and ways of life. In the end it just lends the book into the obscure with no real focus. I also can't forget the constant pop-culture references, they were to a point where you get the impression that companies and celebrities paid off the author to include them. From constant references to an iPhone, Starbucks, half a dozen major chain clothing stores, and another half dozen celebrities and musicians, and a fairly blatant call out to "Twilight" with one character worshiping Edward Cullen as god. The pop references become overused and distracting rather than using fewer, well placed references for emphasis. The other main distraction I found was in the female narrator and the overuse of "like". While it is a fairly common stereotype with a decent population of teenagers, as a reader it is distracting for your narrator (or one of your narrators) to portray this stereotype. It doesn't make the character any more relate-able or enjoyable to read, just irks people who are annoyed by it in real life. And when this narration is compared to the more literate sounding male narrator it becomes a bit striking switching back and forth between the two. Overall this is a book I would not recommend, and while I am sure there is a smattering of individuals who would enjoy it, I do be
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Short review: Fantastic dystopian novel for a more mature audience.  Long review (minor spoilers): I absolutely loved this book. I'm a big fan of the dystopian genre and am often disappointed by the Young Adult selection. But Weitz' novel captures something about what it means to be a teen today (at least, a teen living in the inner city) that most YA books fail to capture. As someone who was recently a teen herself and who continues to work regularly with teenagers.... when teens are on their own, away from their parents, yeah, they swear. They're addicted to their phones. You can't have a conversation for more than 2 minutes without a pop culture reference. Many of them expectantly await the day they will suddenly become famous like their idols: Gaga, Lana, Kanye...  Of course, many teens also reject this pop culture-obsessed way of life, preferring to spend an afternoon at the Met rather than browsing Vine (like our main character, Jefferson). But my point is, this book doesn't shy away from the way many teens speak and interact.  So, yes, there is some swearing, references to sex (no characters have sex 'on screen', but it's implied) and discussions of racism & homophobia that may not be totally PC but are, IMO, realistic for a bunch of teens raised in the city. The swearing & sex isn't gratuitous, but is definitely better suited for a more mature audience.  There are references to cannibalism, rape & murder in this book. The author does a good job of making these themes present without getting graphic. I do wish the theme of sexual assault had been dealt with better; The main characters are aware that the "Upsiders", as the teen gang which controls midtown is called, kidnap & rape girls, but the characters never seem to deal with the emotional fallout that such an environment would create. The one character who we suspect has been sexually assaulted is (SPOILER) killed off without ever given the chance to share her story.   One of my favorite aspects of the book is it's clear the author has spent a good amount of time in NYC because every detail rings true. Weitz brings to life many urban legends about the city (Mole people, the secret subway station below Grand Central, the alleged illegal experiments on Plum Island, etc), so I especially rec this book if you've ever lived in the Big Apple! As for the plot of the book- it was fast paced, engaging, at times humorous (especially those chapters narrated by our spit-fire female lead, Donna). The premise is nothing earth-shatteringly original (SPOILER): one of the science geniuses in the group believes he can discover a cure to the disease that wiped out all adults & children, so our heros go on a crazy adventure to discover the truth.  Overall, I found "TYW"  to be a believable, dangerous & exciting take on the dystopia genre, and is perfectly suited for a movie counterpart (something that Weitz, a screenwriter, is no doubt acutely aware of), and I simply can not wait for the sequel. -k
JackieBCentralTexasJB More than 1 year ago
Read from June 20 to 21, 2014 Book Info  Kindle Edition, 384 pages Expected publication: July 29th 2014 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers ASIN B00GG0GIRM edition language English series The Young World Trilogy #1 other editions (8) Source:Netgalley EARC Book Buy Links Amazon BOOK SYNOPSIS After a mysterious Sickness wipes out the rest of the population, the young survivors assemble into tightly run tribes. Jefferson, the reluctant leader of the Washington Square tribe, and Donna, the girl he's secretly in love with, have carved out a precarious existence among the chaos. But when another tribe member discovers a clue that may hold the cure to the Sickness, five teens set out on a life-altering road trip to save humankind. The tribe exchanges gunfire with enemy gangs, escapes cults and militias, braves the wilds of the subway and Central Park...and discovers truths they could never have imagined. My Thoughts Despite the fact that the story follows a very familiar path that is quite similar to ones written by various other authors this book is in no way a complete copycat but rather it embraces all the good points from it’s predecessors with likable characters, lots of action scenes and an ending that will not take you totally by surprise but does tie up the story arc of this first book up to a point with a good lead in to solid opening for the one to follow in the trilogy. Told in alternating points of view from Donna and Jefferson the story depicts a reality that is pretty graphic as well as sobering when one thinks about how easily the scenarios of how the Sickness came about and was spread could come to pass. I enjoyed hearing the alternating voices explain what was happening during each chapter as Donna and Jefferson trade off telling what is going on as the action unfolds. Especially when they and their companions started traveling, while doing so the different factions of survivors that they encounter drove home just how much survival depended on working together. So many have compared this to certain other books as well as a series of shows that I have never heard of much less watched or read, do agree though that there is a lot of similarity to The Lord Of The Flies while maintaining it’s own spin on how things are handled as the group of teens face each obstacle in their path. After thinking about it for a few days since reading have come to the conclusion that regardless of the fact that this is not a totally original idea, nor is it a book that will appeal to every reader, it still has a certain charm all on its own that made me very glad to have had a chance to take the journey along with Donna, Jefferson and their friends.  This truly was a book where the anticipation of wanting to know what happened next was almost as good as the actual events described, a really honest to goodness sit down and read to the finish type of story! [EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I felt that the characters were not as strong as they could be, and somewhat whiny. There was a TON of swearing in this book - to the point that if you took out all the swear words, the book would be a lot shorter. Yes, I will most likely read the next book (only if I can get it at a bargin deal for my NOOK) because I want to know why the book ended the way it did. An epiloge could have been done at the end of the book explaining what happened next and in the future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't know about the stuck up reviewers who hate the way that the author happened to make this postapocalyptic world, but I thought it was brilliant. The characters were not to well defined, and that was a bit aggravating. However, the themes such as racism and sexism run throughout the book and I believe that it was great that they were included. I mean, comeon, even if the world fell apart, everything is not going to be all fine and dandy. And yes, there are some inapproproate themes, but that simply means that parents should watch what their children are reading. I've been an advanced reader for who knows how long, and as a young teen I read any book I find interest in. Another thing that annoyed me was how the romance between the characters progressed. The teenage girl Donna's sudden revelance of her feelings toward Jefferson were too abrupt as was their relationship. Another thing that bugged me was the ending; it just happened and kind of cut off the whole plot of the story (sorry no spoilers). Sorry I'm kind of all over the place. What I'm trying to say is, the book was overall good.
vikingprincess1976 More than 1 year ago
I don't know why some of these reviewers did not like this book, but maybe it is because I am relatively new to the YA genre (about 2 years) so I haven't read everything out there. Now, I will agree with another reviewer, I did NOT like Gone. I couldn't even finish it, but I could not put down The Young World! I ate it up like someone was coming to take it away from me at any moment! Anyhoo, like I said, I liked the plot and the premise of the story, so I would recommend it to anyone that likes YA dystopian.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been waiting to read this until all books were out- and I'm dissapointed to say I havn't been missing much. I love these kinds of post-apocolyptic books, like Gone or Charlie Higson's Enemy series which I reccomend highly, but this book just isn't on the same playing field. It just kind of drags along. I found myself skipping words to just get on with it. The starkness between the two narrators didn't flow well for me, and frankly I never felt vested to any of the characters. I finally became interested at the very end ( like the last few chapters), and thought I would try the next book hoping for better- but nope-I'm not finishing it. I'm just putting it down and I rarely do that. It just lacks some sort of spark. It's a shame-I think with better characters it could have been great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Minus the sex its pretty accurate to what most high schools are like. Also minus the war and guns and stuff like that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hey check this book out its funny and sad
toniFMAMTC More than 1 year ago
I like how two different narrators tell the story. It keeps things more interesting. He’s serious, and she’s more high energy. Staying with either for the entire story would have been too much. In their world everyone dies from a disease they call the sickness when they become an adult so there is no adult supervision. The kids and teens that survived the fall of society have come together like clans. They help each other with daily living, but they also sometimes have to trade and war with other groups. I thought this book was pretty entertaining, but I think teens will probably like it better than adults.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not appropriate for kids or teens
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Found the storyline idea to be intriguing. Read sample and thought it had potential. The characters start to talk about their plans but constantly ramble on about unimportant topics and details. Stayed with it, thinking it would get better but finally got aggravated around page 70 and called it quits. I rarely ever quit a book without finishing.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
I was drawn to the story of this, since you got the post Apocalypse, teens trying to survive. And well, it made me think of the Tribe and Beyond Thunderdome. Kudos for the Mad Max reference. I mean how could you not? Anyway, this was, well, first half was okay but once the story and pace picked up, its a 3.5. I liked some of the characters, like See Through, Brainbox and Jefferson. Donna however I kind of didn't like at first, but later on she grows on you. The writing was okay. The romance was okay. Though I did like the action scenes and the setting. Otherwise, this could of been better but has its moments. The ending was interesting though.
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This booooooooooooook is amaazing
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urbanczyk More than 1 year ago
That first it sounded like a good story but, when I got it I changed my mind. The way the story was wrote I had a hard time staying with it.  It was alway going off topic. I just got board with it and, stopped. I didn't find any reason to have it. 
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Good post-apocalyptic book to read. It has your action, romance, etc. The book switches from two different perspective, the main guy and girl of the story. I really enjoyed reading this book. def. recommend this! the first of a trilogy! so i cant wait for more!
nacbookworm More than 1 year ago
VERY FUN READ.  Love reading about Teens in NYC after the apocolypse plague.  Can't wait for the sequel!
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